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RE: Why use "su -" rather than "su"



On Sun, 2005-07-17 at 12:55 -0400, Steven C. Liu wrote:
> Any idea what is causing this?  I use gnome, and I think it's gdm.conf.  I
> also tried editing /etc/profile by using pathmunge() on /usr/local/bin and
> /usr/local/sbin with $2 = "after", and it did not work (after sourcing
> /etc/profile).  Oddly - that should have worked for that root shell I was
> using.  (I'm logged in as root.)
> 
> I have not yet edit the gdm.conf file because I don't yet wish to restart my
> GUI environment.
> 
> Steve
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: fedora-list-bounces redhat com
> > [mailto:fedora-list-bounces redhat com]On Behalf Of Claude Jones
> > Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2005 12:37 PM
> > To: For users of Fedora Core releases
> > Subject: Re: Why use "su -" rather than "su"
> >
> >
> > On Sun July 17 2005 12:27 pm, Tony Nelson wrote:
> > > At 2:13 AM -0500 7/17/05, John Bray wrote:
> > > >here's a classic case of how to realllly screw up. su - to root. echo
> > > >$PATH note that some dolt has managed to set root's path to include
> > > >/usr/local/bin BEFORE the official sbins! want to guess how this
> > > >stupidity is eventually going to bite us all? :-(
> > >
> > > Mine isn't quite so bad, but it does turn out to have the pattern
> > > "foo/sbin", "foo/bin".  I expect that you're saying that it
> > should be all
> > > sbins, then the bins.  I think I'll change it to that.
> >
> > Still a new user here - could you explain how the PATH is edited?
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> > Claude Jones
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> 

i have so far been unsuccessful in determining what is causing this.  i
did an informal survey of a number of boxes, and they all had similar
PATH's set up.

claude - i don't know where to fix it -- yet.  :-(

it sure needs to be done at the distro level somewhere, but i haven't
been able to figure out enough to even do a bugzilla on it.

john


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